Oct. 25, 2015
UCONN ENDS SMU'S YEAR
Mustangs women fall out of AAC tournament field
Connecticut scored twice in the first 11 minutes Sunday and cruised to a 2-1 victory over visiting SMU to end the Mustangs' American Athletic Conference women's soccer tournament prospects and bring their season to a close.
Samantha McGuire scored in the sixth minute and Brianna Butler in the 11th for the 11th-ranked Huskies (16-2-0 overall, 8-1-0 AAC), which clinched the AAC regular-season title Friday when South Florida, atop the standings when the week began, lost at Central Florida. UConn had surged past the Bulls with a 1-0 win Thursday over Houston.
SMU (5-10-3, 2-6-1) started the week in a tie for seventh place, fell into a share of eighth with a 3-2 loss Thursday at Temple and finished ninth in the AAC with Sunday's loss at East Carolina's 3-0 romp over Memphis.
SMU is playing host to the AAC tournament, which begins Nov. 3. Last-place Houston is the other conference school that will did not qualify.
Lauren Harrington scored her first collegiate goal in the 62nd minute to halve the Mustangs' deficit, but the game was not nearly as close as the score suggests. UConn built huge advantages in shots (18-9), shots on goal (13-1) and corner kicks (7-2).
McGuire headed home a Liana Hinds corner kick to send the Huskies ahead, and Butler, a senior, netted her first collegiate goal five minutes later after McGuire's header from another Hinds corner bounced off a defender.
Harrington scored from a give-and-go with Haley Thompson. It was the first goal UConn had surrendered at home since Sept. 6.
Lissi Lonsberry made her ninth career start at goalkeeper, her first this season after stepping into the nets following a red card to Catie Brown near the end of the loss at Temple, and made 11 saves.